In which I attempt to watch every film in The Criterion Collection and end up watching a lot that aren't. Click here for the rating system.


After Life

"What moment would you choose?" ▲ ♪

This film intrigued me. The documentary style works amazingly well with the supernatural premise, making the idea of a transitory stage to the hereafter seem not only possible, but inevitable.

The premise: several people run and operate a halfway station where the newly dead choose one memory to take into eternity. These memories are meticulously recreated on film by the staff. The deceased then inhabit this memory for eternity. The characters are beautifully understated and the film itself a sweet portrait of human nature and the choices we make.

Runs about 118 minutes. Watch it and tell me what you think.

Favorite Moments: New arrivals, discovering who the workers really were, Kiyo picking flowers.


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